## Sunday, March 31, 2013

### Deprecated libraries removed

I had some Common Lisp libraries on Github that I have abandonned a while ago, mostly because I have either

1. found a better library by someone else,
2. decided to follow alternative approaches, or
3. write a better version with an incompatible API.

These libraries have been undergoing some quiet bit-rot for a while which makes them unusable without minor or not so minor fixes, for which I have no time; also, there are better libraries out there for the same purpose.

Having abandonned Common Lisp libraries out there is confusing and goes against the principle of consolidating Common Lisp Libraries, so I decided to remove some repositories. In particular, I have removed

1. cl-2d, which didn't see any new development in the last two years. My recommended replacement is cl-flexplot, which uses PGF (a LaTeX package) as a backend.
2. cl-text-tables was simply abandonned, I recommend the excellent cl-csv instead.
3. cl-numlib is superseded by cl-num-utils.

The latter two suggested replacements are in Quicklisp.

If, for some strange reason, anyone is interested in the code of the dead libraries, just write me an e-mail. But I would prefer if these libraries stayed dead, as there are much better replacements out there.

It is very likely that I will remove other deprecated libraries in the future.

## Monday, March 25, 2013

### LLA update

Lisp Linear Algebra was updated today. This is a major update, so I increased the version number to 0.2. Compared to the previous version, all of the changes are internal and do not affect the already existing API, with the exception of an experimental destructive BLAS interface, which was contributed by Gábor Melis.

Gábor also made the necessary changes to the internals (which were not designed for destructive updates before), and re-enabled the array pinning interface for SBCL. This means that if you arrays have the same float type, and it is one of the four supported float types (single-float, double-float, and their complex counterparts), SBCL will not copy your arrays unless it has to (eg because they would be overwritten or need to be transposed). I am grateful for Gábor's contributions.

The destructive BLAS interface is still experimental, so the API may be refined in future versions.

## Wednesday, February 20, 2013

### updates to Common Lisp libraries

In the past month I updated many of my Common Lisp libraries. Here is a brief summary of the changes:

1. cl-num-utils has been growing by accretion for a long time, which did not lead to the cleanest code. I decided to reorganize the library and split off functionally independent parts which may be useful on their own:
• functions that operate on Common Lisp arrays have been moved to array-operations,
• functions that handle array slices are now in cl-slice,
• data frames are in cl-data-frame (which is still experimental, but works fine).

The first two are meant to have very few dependencies, and in particular do not depend on cl-num-utils. I hope that cl-slice will serve as a basis for a Common Lisp API for slicing arrays and array-like objects.

Parts of cl-num-utils have been disabled for now because I didn't have time to update their unit tests and I don't like to release untested code. If you need any of those, please open an issue on Github.

2. lla had to be rewritten a bit since it depends on cl-num-utils. I moved special matrices from the former to the latter since they do not require foreign functions per se, and moved array stacking code to array-operations.
3. cl-random also depends on cl-num-utils and had to be rewritten a bit. Again, not all functionality is enabled yet, feel free to open an issue if you need something urgently. I will re-enable everything in due time, but I would like to think more about testing multivariate distributions.
4. Minor changes were made to cl-rmath and let-plus.